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One of the few California State Bar Certified Franchise and Distribution Law Specialists in Southern California, I am also named one of the Top 25 Attorneys by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and a California Superlawyer by Los Angeles Magazine.

I specialize in franchise law, trademark and copyright issues, licensing and civil litigation. I also speak or conduct seminars and publish regularly.


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Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 40%
    25 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    25 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 30%

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Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, A Law Corporation

16633 Ventura Boulevard 11th Floor
Encino, CA, 91436


DCActive 199507/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America, Los AngelesBest Lawyers in America2015
Southern California Super Lawyer 2013Super Lawyers2013
Southern California's Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2012
Southern California's Best Lawyers 2012 - Franchise LawBest Lawyers in America/Los Angeles Times2011
Top 25 AttorneySan Fernando Valley Business JournalN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder - Certified Franchise & Distribution SpecialistLewitt Hackman2003 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of La Verne College of Law2002 - 2002
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of La Verne College of Law1998 - 1998
Editorial StaffABA Franchise Law Journal1990 - 1995
Judge Pro TemLos Angeles Municipal Court1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. Supreme CourtN/AN/A
Court of Appeals for Federal CircuitN/AN/A
Ninth U.S. CircuitN/AN/A
U.S. Central District of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
Valley Community Legal FoundationPresident2003 - 2004
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationTrustee1995 - 1996
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationPresident1993 - 1994
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationTrustee1992 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
Juris Publishing2nd Edition: Distribution Law of the United States2015
CNBC (quoted)How to Steer Clear of Franchise Financial Disasters2014
Los Angeles LawyerCooperative Conditions: California Law Allows for Flexible Application of the Operative Principles of Cooperatives2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalAfter Domino's Ruling: Franchisors, Loosen Up; Employers, Tighten Up2012
BizcoveryCalifornia's Franchise Investment Law - When it Applies2011
Los Angeles Daily JournalArbitration Decisions in Franchising Cases -- They Go Together2011
Juris PublishingBook: Distribution Law of the United States2011
Los Angeles Daily JournalThe Franchising Solution to the Employee Independent Contractor Problem2011
Juris PublishingDistribution Law of the United States - Book2011
Los Angeles Daily JournalThe Long Reach of Franchise Laws2011
Book, Juris PublishingDistribution Law in the United States2011
Los Angeles Daily JournalAre Baseball Franchises Actually Franchises?2011
ABA Intell. Prop. Law NewsletterAvoiding the Franchise Surprise in IP Licensing Agreements2005
Juris PublicationsBook: Franchising Depositions2002
Oklahoma City Law ReviewCase History of American Business Franchise1999
Franchise Law American Bar AssociationCompleat1997
ABA Franchise Law JournalGetting and Using Insurance to Defend Claims1996
Oklahoma City Law ReviewIntellectual Property in Franchising: Today’s Domestic Issues1995
CPA JournalAccountant’s Role in Assisting Franchisors1992
ABA Franchise Law JournalNuts and Bolts of Trademark Registration1991
Matthew Bender publicationFranchise Law Jury Instructions1989
Daily Journal ReportIntroduction to Copyright for Business Practitioners1988
UnknownMinimizing Vicarious Liability of Franchisors for Acts of Franchisees1987
ABA Franchise Law JournalMinimizing Vicarious Liability of Franchisors for Acts of FranchiseesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE accredited seminar seriesBad Online Reviews? Negative Online Content? How to Fight Back2015
38th Annual Forum on FranchisingIntellectual Property: Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers2015
MCLE & CPE accredited presentationOPIP: When Is It Lawful to Use Other People's Intellectual Property?2013
Lewitt Hackman SeminarWhat You Should Know About Chamber of Commerce Name Disputes2011
Seminar SeriesFranchising in the Current Economy2010